Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on “Fist Bumping” Beats Germ-Spreading Handshake

“Fist bumping” transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). In this study from the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on Being Neighborly: How to Get Involved In Your Neighborhood

Sometimes, befriending your neighbors can be difficult. True, location of your neighborhood can be a major factor in getting to know the people who live around you, but being neighborly is a trend that’s definitely on the rise. Being friendly is key to getting to know those who live around you. Introducing yourself to new neighbors and even bringing over a baked good is a pretty tried and true method. Keep an eye on the area you live: do people spend a lot of time outside? Are...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on 8 Tips for Overcoming Learning Disabilities this School Year

1. One of the initial ways to help improve grades is, closely monitor assignment due dates, quizzes, tests and exam schedule. This will help keep your child or teenager up to date in your classes. Plan your study time to fit the increasing demands of your curriculum. 2. Students who are reading below their current grade level standards should implement daily remedial reading lessons. The lessons should consist of learning the phonics rules (which can be easily found on the internet)....

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on Prepping for Preschool

Sending a child to school for the first time can rock the entire family’s world. It’s perhaps one of the biggest transitions for a family, as both parents and children abandon their familiar routine for a new adventure. With so many decisions to make, not only with the school you choose, but also with how to prepare your child (and yourself) for this change, it can be an overwhelming experience. Fortunately, Sue Beemer, Director of Sunnyside (a non-profit parent cooperative...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on 5 Tips for Mom’s Back-to-School Sanity

1.Heal self-defeating thoughts: “I stunk at math and my kids will stink too!” This was my greatest self-sabotaging thought as a Mom, and I had to heal! As Moms we allow toxic negative thoughts to run through our minds every single day. It’s time to stop it this school year! Moms can be defeated in their parenting before they get out of bed in the morning. Thoughts can’t be removed—they have to be replaced. So here is what every Mom needs to try: Face the fear. Just because...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on Fall Can Be The Best Time To Garden

Many gardeners do not even consider fall gardening because of the winter frosts that might make an early appearance. On the contrary, fall gardening will result in excellent vegetables and will extend crops long after spring planted plants are finished. Vegetables produced from fall gardening are sometimes sweeter and milder than those grow in the summer and offer a brand new taste to the same old veggies. What you choose to grow during you fall gardening will depend on your available...

Sep 09 2014
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Comments Off on Do It Yourself Halloween Decorations

I’m like a kid about Halloween. So, come October 1st, I pull out the black-cat collectibles, the werewolf nutcracker, and other ghostly paraphernalia and have a grand old-time decorating. But handcrafting your own decorations for All-Hallows Eve is a lot of fun, too. Here are a few suggestions: – Tissue-paper jack-o’-lanterns and blossoms: Buy some orange tissue-paper balls. Then cut facial features and stems out of black construction paper, carefully glue them onto...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on Spiritual Reading Calms the Soul

Spiritual books are known to be our best friends for their unconditional love towards us. Reading, generally, has always been one of our favourite hobbies. As far as spiritual inspiration and knowledge is concerned, there is no substitute of acquiring it other than from spiritual books. These books are fuel for our thoughts and beliefs, they provide us the inspiration and courage to stand up for what we feel is right for our growth. Spiritual books have begun to multiply in number...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on The Big E

Leaves turn gorgeous shades of orange and red, women put their flip-flops back in the closet, men put their golf clubs away, and bacon becomes covered in chocolate for a delicious sinful snack! September means one thing to the locals of Western Mass: the Big E is just around the corner. Three weeks filled with not only delicious eating but what seems like the world’s largest tag sale! This fair symbolizes my three favorite things, eating, shopping and concert-going. The food...

Sep 09 2014
Comments Off on Human Trafficking

When most people think of slavery, the usual picture comes to mind. It’s typically an antiquated image of the antebellum South, complete with African slaves picking cotton on a plantation. It’s tragic, but having been abolished centuries ago, most would say it’s a reality only for the history books. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Slavery still exists, and the business of selling human beings is booming. In fact, with close to 30 million slaves in the world, there...

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